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'Gavin Hyman offers a much needed analysis and evaluation of the atheism that arose during the Enlightenment and extended itself into the modern and contemporary periods. He does so with a fairness and balance that illumines the subject rather than obfuscates it. Avoiding the supercilious polemic which has recently and regrettably marked the subject, Hyman's introductory history of atheism is honest in its assessment of the evidence and careful in its argumentation, taking up an issue that has preoccupied Western civilization since the ancient Greeks. The integrity of his inquiry and of his discourse have left us very much in his debt.' - Michael J Buckley, SJ, Augustin Cardinal Bea, SJ, Professor of Theology, Santa Clara University, and author of At the Origins of Modern Atheism; 'In this meticulous anatomy of modern atheism, Gavin Hyman pursues the idea that we get the atheism we deserve: that modern atheism is a function of the modern idea of God, and nothing more. Accordingly, as the author shows, the very idea of the 'post-modern' spells trouble for the atheism that is built into modernity. The alternatives that post-modernity presents, Hyman argues, are whether to retrieve the pre-modern traditions of Augustine and Aquinas or to press on toward a thinking that moves beyond and displaces the distinction between theism and atheism. This is a lucid, engaging and astute work of historical and philosophical analysis.' - John D Caputo, Thomas J Watson Professor of Religion and Humanities and Professor of Philosophy, Syracuse University

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Gavin Hyman is Lecturer in Religious Studies at Lancaster University. He is the author of The Predicament of Postmodern Theology: Radical Orthodoxy or Nihilist Textualism?.

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Product Details

  • Series: Library of Modern Religion (Book 13)
  • Paperback: 232 pages
  • Publisher: I. B. Tauris (October 15, 2010)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1848851375
  • ISBN-13: 978-1848851375
  • Product Dimensions: 5.5 x 0.7 x 8.6 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 10.6 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (2 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #1,157,781 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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3 of 4 people found the following review helpful By Brian Cox on October 30, 2011
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Hyman's history is hardly a who's who of modern atheists. Rather, it traces the route by which modern epistemological discussion produced atheism. Hyman contends that the God the atheist rejects and the theist defends is a distinctly modern concept whose identity was shaped by subjectivist Enlightenment epistemologies, both rational and empirical. Hyman exposes two tendencies in the modern debate over God's existence. The first is the Theist's unwitting endorsement of epistemic justifications for God's existence that simultaneously present new angles for atheistic counterattack. The second is the atheist's inability to recognize the God he rejects is a modern construct, but God Himself may be immune to rejection. In short, modern theism and modern atheism exist in a symbiotic relationship and flourish on similar epistemic foundations. For anyone who has the sneaking suspicion that the medieval tradition can make a positive contribution to modern thought, Hyman's book is a must read.
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1 of 7 people found the following review helpful By Barry S. on September 24, 2011
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This book was used in the class Evil, Suffering, and God. The development of the idea of God that philosophers have held over time is pretty good. As a retiree in a college classromm, I am in over my head; however, I was still able to glean some interesting ideas, thanks to the professor.
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